Welcome to the website for The Beaulieu Park School. The Beaulieu Park School is Essex’s first ‘All Through’ school and the primary phase opens for reception students in September 2018 with the secondary phase opening in September 2019.
The new buildings and facilities cost £34m and the new school is being built to meet the growing demand for primary and secondary school places as a result of the new development at Beaulieu.
We hope you find this site useful and that it provides you with the information you are looking for. As well as our website, you can keep up to date with news and information about the school via our Facebook page (The Beaulieu Park School) and our Twitter feed (@BeaulieuParkSch).
The new school
We are extremely proud and privileged to have such a rare opportunity to open and create a school from the start and to set the very highest expectations from the opening of the school.
The Beaulieu Park School will open in September 2018, welcoming our first cohort of 60 reception aged children in two classes. In September 2019, 180 Year 7 students will be admitted. Year on year the school will grow, providing 420 places for local children between four and eleven years old by 2024 and 900 places for local children between 11 and 16 years old by 2023. At The Beaulieu Park School we are creating an all-through school where children can develop strong relationships with their teachers from age four up to when they leave school, preparing them well for going to university when they complete their secondary education. We are all committed to giving our pupils the best possible start in life in an outstanding school that the communities of Beaulieu Park and Chelmsford can be proud of.
The Beaulieu Park School will have the very highest aspirations for all of its students. The relentless fostering of the value of learning and scholarship will be at the heart of everything we do. Our belief in our students and the belief they have in themselves will be uncompromising. Whatever their background or ability level, all of our students will believe that they can achieve anything.
What does an all through school mean for my child?
In many ways, the Primary and Secondary School will operate conventionally and be separate to each other. They will occupy different buildings and playgrounds. Each school will have an individual identity. Your son/daughter will not routinely mix with children in the secondary school if they are in the primary school and vice versa i.e. at lunchtime, in corridors etc. They will experience a traditional age appropriate education at each phase.
Uniquely however, The Beaulieu Park School ‘all-through’ philosophy means that opportunities will be open to your child that are traditionally reserved only for attendees of Independent schools. The School will provide:
- an environment where there are more teaching styles, and levels of experience than any other. Where subject specific practitioners from the secondary school can work with students in the primary school to stretch and challenge and primary specialists can work with those in the secondary school that need additional support
- a chance for primary students to learn in specialist performing arts / sports / technology / science facilities not accessible to most primary school students
- An complete and uninterrupted oversight of learning and progress from the age of 4-16, providing consistency and fluency
- an ethos that will give each child, their family and teachers much higher expectations of what can be achieved.
- unparalleled pastoral care
- high aspirations – from day one and without interruption
- an ability to offer a broad and exciting curriculum from the beginning
- leadership and mentoring opportunities that will develop confidence, resilience and character
Life in the Primary School
The Beaulieu Park School will celebrate an important and wonderful stage in your child’s development. From the very first day at school we will make their time with us a happy, exciting and inspiring journey towards secondary school.
When your child joins us, they will be taught in an environment which will enable us to focus on their individual development. This approach will help them to achieve their full potential both inside and outside of the classroom. At The Beaulieu Park School, all of our children will have a strong sense of who they are and of the world around them.
By the time your child moves into the secondary phase, they will be fully equipped to tackle the next stage in their educational career and go on to achieve great things in their future.
At The Beaulieu Park School, your child will love to learn – a love of learning will be part of our culture and part of who we are as a school. We believe in learning through real life experiences and our curriculum will be full of exciting opportunities that will enable your child to achieve their full potential.
Your child will be happy, articulate and confident. Key to this will be the partnership we forge with incredibly supportive parents; dedicated staff; and the wider community.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Our provision at The Beaulieu Park School will provide a strong foundation for your child’s future learning, including developing a positive attitude to learning. In giving your child a broad range of knowledge and skills we will be laying the foundation for excellent future progress throughout their school and life. To make this happen, learning and development opportunities will be planned around your child’s specific needs and interests and regularly assessed and reviewed. Adults will respond to those needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive interactions in an encouraging, stimulating and a well-resourced indoor and outdoor environment.
In the Reception Year, it is the adult’s role to extend and provide further challenge to your child’s learning. Here we will seek to initiate and offer great depth to your child’s experiences. Our staff will skilfully interact and sensitively scaffold, support and enhance your child’s knowledge, skills and understanding. In addition, we will seek to help them to develop their thinking through their participation in activities and with the skilled involvement of our staff.
We will meet your child’s needs by:
- caring for the ‘whole’ i.e. your child’s health, both physical and mental, their feelings and their thinking and emotional development
- ensuring they have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to achieve success and to build a thirst for lifelong learning
- teaching the foundations of reading, writing and maths that will develop basic (essential) skills and to enable them to access the wider curriculum
- providing a stimulating environment, indoors and out, with many opportunities to be curious, ask questions and to be eager to discover and learn
- providing opportunities, time and space for them to pursue their own interests, and time to interact and share with others
- providing opportunities for them to make choices and decisions to develop their independence
- providing ethnically and culturally diverse experiences including resources and stories which reflect different cultures and values
- creating a purposeful atmosphere, where teachers can focus on teaching and pupils on learning
- working closely with you, the parents/carers and respecting the fact that you are experts in the knowledge of your own child
What will my child learn?
The content of the curriculum is planned in the seven areas of learning and development.
Three Prime Areas:
- Communication and Language –developing skills and confidence in speaking and listening in a range of situations.
- Physical Development – developing co-ordination, control, and movement through being active.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development – within clear boundaries and expectations, the forming of positive relationships, developing social skills and respect for others and understanding appropriate behaviour.
Four Specific Areas
- Literacy – developing skills by encouraging your child to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Providing access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest. Opportunities are provided daily for developing fine motor skills and handwriting is formally taught and practiced every day in reception.
- Mathematics – involves providing your child with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
- Understanding the World – finding out about people, places, technology and the environment.
- Expressive Arts and Design – exploring a wide range of media and sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
How will my child learn?
Your child will learn through:
- Playing and exploring
- Learning actively
- Creating and thinking critically
In the Foundation Stage teachers will make professional judgments about the balance between activities led or guided by adults and those led by the children. This balance will shift towards more activities led by adults as children move from early years and towards Year 1.
Adult directed activities are those which are directed by the adult and are useful in the teaching of specific skills such as demonstrating how to use tools or equipment. In our Reception class, daily teaching of literacy and maths starts from the outset and is a key part of our curriculum.
Adult guided activities are those which the adult initiates. These activities are often playful or experiential. They are open ended and motivate a keen interest in learning.
Child initiated experiences take place within an environment the adult has set up and planned but will be wholly decided upon by the child, based on the child’s own motivation and remains under the child’s control.
All children have daily access to well-planned stimulating learning environments, indoors and outdoors. These environments will give them opportunities to be active and physical as well as quiet and reflective. Each classroom will have sufficient chairs and tables for children to be seated when appropriate, and also plenty of carpeted areas for children to engage in activities. There will be periods of time each day when all children in reception will be engaged in learning activities at their tables as class teaching is gradually introduced and developed throughout the Reception year. We are very fortunate at The Beaulieu Park School to have dedicated outdoor learning spaces and your child will benefit enormously from using them.
The early years environment – inside and outside is viewed as a whole, providing different areas where resources, materials and activities are freely and easily accessible.
The areas of learning in the environment include:
- role play area
- book/reading area
- mark making/writing area
- mathematical area
- construction area
- small world area
- music area
- creative area
- malleable area
- ICT opportunities
- sand/water areas
It is important to develop learning opportunities outside as outdoor learning provides opportunities for: the acquisition of gross motor skills, taking risks, fostering a love of nature and the environment, large (and possibly messier) play which is not possible indoors, learning experiences suited to the outdoor environment and physical fitness.
What you can expect to see during a week in Foundation Stage:
- Daily maths and literacy lessons in reception
- Nature Detectives (outdoor learning)
- Circle time – SPED/CL
- P.E. indoors/outdoors
- Arts and crafts
- Role play corner/activities
- Sensory table
- Carousel of activities in reception (to support focus work)
- 1-1 reading
- Guided reading
- Regular writing challenges
- Exploration of technology
- Regular maths and literacy opportunities
- Class trips
- Special event assemblies
- Visitors (specialist)
- Exploring local area
Parents must be involved in the assessment process on a regular, ongoing basis and actively participate in their child’s learning and development. At The Beaulieu Park School we set weekly homework so that parents can be involved in their child’s learning.
- Homework includes:
- Homework activity books
- Sound books (reception)
- Reading books (reception)